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Transparency and the EU

Citizens can, and indeed should, expect the EU decision-making process to be as transparent and open as possible. The more open the process is, the easier it is to ensure balanced representation and avoid undue pressure and illegitimate or privileged access to information or to decision-makers. Transparency is also a key part of encouraging European citizens to participate more actively in the democratic life of the EU.

The transparency register has been set up to answer core questions such as what interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets. The system is operated jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

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2016 Annual Report PDF

Important message about a new version of the Transparency Register


We are happy to announce that a new version of the Transparency Register has been rolled out. The aim is to increase the overall quality of data by facilitating the registration/updating process for new and current registrants. When registering for the first time or when performing a regular update (annual or partial) the user will from now on be guided by a series of automatic tips and directions. Frequently committed errors will be highlighted by the system which will also ask to correct the (inconsistent) data or to provide explanations, if needed.The focus is on assisting organisations to describe more accurately the Public Affairs activities conducted vis-à-vis the EU institutions and the relevant financial elements. The Guidelines for registrants continue to apply. Your login credentials remain unchanged. Should you encounter any difficulties or for any questions, please Contact us


Proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register



How to achieve a good registration & avoid common mistakes



Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register [2016]


Press release